Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


on tap

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.97   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peru’s No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Bottle. Light sweet corn syrup aroma. Golden yellow with little head. Slightly sour corn syrup flavor - little malt flavor and no hops. What makes it worse is that I had to buy a six-pack.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
The merciful thing about this beer is that everything about it is very faint. Therefore, the corn syrup (with some graininess) aroma is not offensive. The lack of color or head thusly make it seem shy, not flat and lifeless. The tinny, syrupy sweet corn (with some malt) is faint, almost not there, and creates no urge to heave. The aftertaste, some dirty (hop?) bitterness (with tin), is elusive enough to be washed away with but one sip of water. The experience may be recorded, then erased from memory.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
I’m a ratings whore. This is for Peru. Cristal? You mean Cristal Pepsi? Oh wait, I see some color... looks like weak lemonade but it has a respectable full foamy head that dies quickly and coats my pilsner glass with a blanket of bubbles. Grainy, musty nose with some decent hops, but not enough to overtake the malt liquoresque fuesal and corn aromas. Watery but crisp, lacking any sort of strong flavor, which is OK for a beer of this type, in fact it makes it fairly enjoyable. A simple summer beer, not offensive and not complex. I’m glad I got a fresh bottle, though they claim on the label that this is "best before 09/02/2006" - I don’t want to keep it around that long to find out.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bkurtz (724) - PERU - JUN 28, 2005
(bottle) No aroma. Bitter tones, but not a nice flavor. Plain old South American beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Braudog (5486) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2005
The label on mine just says Cerveza Cristal, but it is this same Peruvian variety. You can probably guess that it is a clear yellow beer, but this one comes with virtually no head. There’s little aroma and the flavor is pretty much empty ... but at least it isn’t off-putting, which I guess is a plus. Virtually anyone can drink this beer, because it wouldn’t offend anyone ... it barely tastes like anything!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Bottle poured yellow with no head or lacing. Aroma is of your basic swill beer. Flavor is corn, grass with a metalic finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
very scary opening this beer i didn’t really trust it at first not that bad but pretty skunked and not that great. has a rough flavor and a tough taste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 17, 2005
This beer is not so bad. Has a sweet, malty flavor and a good balance of taste and alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RedEft (154) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Watery gold with a foamy white head. Definitely adjunct and skunks. Pretty typical, I ’spose. Tastes fairly thin and bland (as expected) but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Very pale clear yellow with little white head. Light somewhat sweet malt aroma. Fairly plain aroma. Sweet taste but a little watered down and with a corn presense. A fairly typical pale lager, even when it comes South America. My first beer from Peru. Luckily I got to visit the Grapevine in Austin where I snagged this one.

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